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Building an Investment Company
July 4, 2012 Most people get in trouble with investments because they let their emotions get tied up in knots, says Steve Merrell, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Monterey Private Wealth. One of the greatest benefits we bring to our clients is a very rigorous discipline process that takes the emotions out of the equation and instead replaces them with a very clear strategy, very clear objectives, and a very clear way to measure progress towards those objectives. Learn more from Steve on Alan Olsen's American Dreams.
What is Section 1202 Stock
What is Section 1202 Stock? To encourage investment in new ventures, small businesses, and specialized small business investment companies, Section 1202 of The Internal Revenue Code grants relief to investors who risk their funds in these businesses. Noncorporate investors may exclude up to 50 percent of gain they realize on the disposition of qualified small business stock issued after August 10, 1993 and held more than five years. As part of recent legislative efforts to stimulate the economy, the Section 1202 exclusion was raised from 50% to 75% for QSB stock acquired during most of 2009 and 2010. Then in September, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 was enacted, further amending Section 1202 to exclude 100% of qualifying gain from gross income. For QSB stock purchased between September 27, 2010 and December 31, 2010, a zero percent effective income tax rate will apply to at least the first $10 million of gain upon its ultimate sale if applicable requirements are met. Excluded gain from these investments will not be treated as a preference item for AMT purposes, so the benefits extend equally to AMT taxpayers. The amount of gain eligible for the exclusion is subject to per-issuer limits. The exclusion is available to taxpayers who own eligible stock in a qualified corporation (hold the stock for more than five years), and the corporation meets requirements that it actively conducts a qualified trade or business and is under a maximum gross assets test. The five year holding period requirement can be satisfied no earlier than August 12, 1998, since the exclusion can only apply to stock issued after August 10, 1993. For gain on its stock to qualify for the exclusion, a corporation must be a C corporation other than a Disc A regulated investment company A real estate investment trust; A real estate mortgage investment conduit; A financial asset securitization investment trust; A cooperative; or A corporation electing the Puerto Rico and possessions tax credit. Stock issued to a taxpayer cannot qualify for the exclusion if the issuing corporation purchases (directly or indirectly) any of its own stock from the taxpayer or persons related to the taxpayer, with the four-year period beginning two years before the issue date. A 'safe-harbor' de minimis amount can be redeemed without rendering the stock ineligible for the exclusion. The aggregate amount paid for the stock by the issuing corporation in such redemptions cannot exceed $10,000 or more than 2 percent of the stock held by the taxpayer and all related persons. Stock will also not qualify for the exclusion if the issuing corporation engages in a 'significant redemption'. A redemption is significant if the corporation, within a two year period beginning one year before the issuance of the stock, redeems stock with an aggregate value exceeding 5 percent of the aggregate value of all the corporation stock. A de minimis exception applies if either the aggregate amount paid for all stock redeemed during the two year period does not exceed $10,000 or no more than 2 percent of all outstanding stock. Per-issuer limitation There is a cumulative limit on the gain from a single issuer that a taxpayer may exclude. Eligible gain from any one corporate issuer in any given tax year is taken into account only to the extent that it does not exceed the greater of, $10 million reduced by the aggregate amount of eligible gain taken into account by the taxpayer in prior years from the same issuer, or 10 times the adjusted basis of all qualified stock of the issuer that the taxpayer disposed of during the tax year. Additions to the basis are disregarded. This limitation can severely restrict the tax benefit of this provision in the event of a truly substantial windfall. The $10 million limitation is applied on a shareholder-by-shareholder basis and any property contributed to the issuing corporation is its fair market value as of the contribution date. Married taxpayers filing separately have $5 million of eligible gain for each spouse. View the complete article at: http://www.groco.com/readingroom/sec1202_gain.aspx
Tax Deductions For Collectibles
http://www.groco.com Tax Deductions For Collectibles Collectors who want to make donations may consider donating artwork and collectibles to charity auctions. If this is something you are thinking about and would like to take full tax benefits, the following tips may help. Making Donations to Charitable Organization Auctions: 1. Make sure you are donating to a qualified charity. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) maintains a list of charities where donations can qualify for tax deductions. Most churches and government organizations are qualified, but all other charities have to apply to the IRS to be qualified as charitable organizations. To confirm you are donating to a qualified charity, either ask the charity directly or find out if they appear in IRS Publication 78, which contains a list of "most qualified charitable organizations." 2. Have your collectibles appraised. With respect to donation of valuable collectibles (e.g., over $5,000), getting an appraisal from a qualified appraiser is an important step in the donation process, even though you may or may not be required to attach the appraisal to your tax return (appraisal fees exceeding 2 percent of your Adjusted Gross Income or AGI are tax deductible). The appraisal must be made no earlier than 60 days before the date you contribute the property. Additionally, you must receive the appraisal before the due date (including extensions) of the return on which you first claim a deduction for the property. If your noncash contribution is over $500, you must attach Form 8283 to your tax return. If your artwork or collectible is worth more than $5,000, you are not required to attach the appraisal to your tax return (just keep the record yourself). If you deduct $500,000 or more for an item or group of similar items, you will need to attach the qualified appraisal to your tax return. Special filing requirements for art donations include attaching a copy of the signed appraisal to Form 8283 if your total deduction for art is $20,000 or more. In addition, a photograph may be required for individual objects valued at $20,000 or more. 3. Check to see if you will receive tax benefits from your donation. Your charitable deduction is limited to 30 percent of your AGI if the collectibles are capital gain property and donated to a publicly supported charity. If the donation is to a private foundation, the limit is 20 percent of AGI. The unused charitable deduction can be carried forward to future years. However, you must use it within five years; otherwise, you will lose the ability to claim the deduction. The law limits a donor's charitable deduction to the donor's tax basis in the contributed property and does not permit the donor to claim a fair market value charitable deduction for the contribution if the charity puts the donated property to an unrelated use. Moreover, special certification rules apply to donation of capital gain property over $5,000: If the charity sells/disposes the property during the year you donated, your deduction is limited to your cost basis unless the organization provides a written statement (e.g., Form 8282) that either certifies its use of the property was substantial and related to the organization's purpose or certifies its intended use of the property became impossible. A copy of Form 8282 should be provided to you. You must recapture part of your original deduction in the year of sale and report as ordinary income the excess of the deduction claimed over your basis at the time of contribution if the following conditions are met: Your charitable deduction is more than your basis in the property, The charity sells/disposes the property after the year of contribution but within three years of contribution, and The charity does not provide the IRS and you with the required certification. If you are donating works of art or other collectibles to a charitable auction, make sure to consult with a tax professional so you can receive tax benefits for your donations. For more information on auctions see: http://www.auctionnewsnetwork.com/
Ron Cohen Weekly Tax Update: "Dutch Sandwich" and "Double Irish" Offshore Planning Strategy
We can be reached at: 1877-CPA-2006 or Groco.com Thank you for watching Ron Cohen Weekly Tax Update: "Dutch Sandwich" and "Double Irish" Offshore Planning Strategy. Please call us or consult your own tax advisor before taking any action on the information included in this video. seo strategy key words: Google Tax Savings Dutch Sandwitch APA Advanced Pricing Agrement Irish Holding Companies Ron Cohen Weekly GROCO International Planning $3 Billion tax savings planning multinational Double Offshore
US Virgin Islands: How to get a 4% Federal Tax Rate
How an I get a 4% tax rate and still be a part of the United States?
Jenny Oaks Baker: Developing Talents (Full Interview)
An interview with Jenny Oaks Baker on her successes and accomplishments in life. (April 2014) I feel like everything just got put into my musical soul in Julliard and Curtis and just simmered together so when I graduated from Julliard, those 6 years, four at Curtis and two at Julliard, of intense musical growth, I was able to just fly. So I'm just really grateful for the training I've had. I always pray before my performance that I'll do my best and feel good about my performance and be able to touch people's hearts. I love applause, I love standing ovations, but as much as those things I love to hear tears and sniffles in the audience. And I love that after you finish a song, I love that intake of breath from the audience, that they've had a real emotional reaction and I like to know that we have shared something emotional together.
Prasad Kaipa - Reaching Your Full Potential
Prasad Kaipa has been an advisor and coach focusing on innovation and leadership since 1990 for about 120 C-level executives in Global Fortune 500 companies. Prasad’s unique competence is in helping his clients find their next significant step and take it. He found that unless he helps clients to examine their signature strengths that have turned into “core incompetence” and kept them stuck, it is difficult to ignite and channel their creativity to come up with innovative decisions, products, and services. He assists clients in becoming effective in managing people as well as oneself (personal mastery), getting reenergized and building new capacities, and exploring more risk taking, innovative, and strategic decisions.
BYU-Idaho Pathway Interview with President Clark
Pathway is a new educational program that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is using to reach out to its members to whom may feel that the college train may have passed them by. The program has three objectives- those being: 'To get the gospel of Jesus Christ down into student's hearts, To help students become capable learners and To prepare students to lead and support families.' The program combines the church's institute of religion buildings to offer religious education courses as well as extends the opportunity to enroll in basic college courses through BYU-Idaho's online education program. Learn has President Kim B. Clark discusses the program with host Alan Olsen on American Dreams. http://groco.com/american-dreams/finding-your-pathway-in-life.aspx
From Smart to Wise
Prasad has been an advisor and coach focusing on innovation and leadership since 1990 for about 120 C-level executives in Global Fortune 500 companies. Prasad’s unique competence is in helping his clients find their next significant step and take it.
Chatham Created Gems and Diamonds | Tom Chatham
There’s a picture of young Tom Chatham where he can be seen playing on the floor with a bottle of emeralds. Despite being identical to the ones that were mined from the earth- to him they were an everyday household item. Fast forward, Tom’s career was truly unique- after all, not many people can say that they grow gemstones for a living.
Collecting Cars with Ardel Brown
Join us as we take a tour through Ardel Brown classic car collection. While many collectors prefer to focus on a certain year or brand, Ardel prefers to own a little bit of everything. His skill in the industry has really paid off too- Most of his cars that the owns are worth 10x-20x what they were when they were new! What's more exciting is that Ardel shares some of the strategies to his success as well
How to Make Cross Border Transfers | Aldo Carrascoso
Aldo is a true entrepreneur at heart. He has founded numerous companies and not one of them was motivated by money- it was always to solve a problem. Listen was he shares his journey and talks about Veem, his disruptive new company geared at changing how people make cross border payments around the world. What is Veem : https://youtu.be/y9few2o_bFY?t=14m17s Why recipients don't receive all of your money in cross border transfers https://youtu.be/y9few2o_bFY?t=10m52s What is corrospondent banking: https://youtu.be/y9few2o_bFY?t=11m52s Why Entrepreneurship isn't about making Money: https://youtu.be/y9few2o_bFY?t=10m35s
GROCO Accounting - Company Profile
Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. is a top Bay Area CPA firm serving Silicon Valley's most successful people. With offices in Fremont, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, California, our firm provides consulting services to high net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. We also have special expertise in providing accounting services to the leading Venture Capital partners in the Silicon Valley. Our primary services include income tax planning, income tax preparation, strategic business consulting, business valuations, bill paying, estate planning, estate administration, trustee services, and financial statement preparation. Firm Bio Google Oracle Yahoo Intuit EBay Compaq America Online Sun Microsystems Genentech At GROCO, we are trusted advisors and partners who carefully evaluate your complete financial and business objectives to provide you with strategic and innovative solutions that will positively impact your bottom line. GROCO's Awards and Recognitions: Best Place to Work by Accounting Today Best Managed Firm by Inside Public Accounting Top Tax Preparer by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal Fastest Growing Company by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal Best Place to Work by San Franscio Business Times Quality & Innovation by CEO to CEO Top Financial Planner by CPA Wealth Provider GROCO: A Next-Generation CPA Firm As a next generation CPA firm we continue to invest in and embrace technology innovations, integrated software, and other technologies that support real-time information sharing with clients and end-to-end digital, paperless processes. We recognize the importance of consistent and powerful communications and are continuing to invest in our resources of complimentary virtual advisory services. With rapidly changing technologies we are gaining efficiency in our lives but are battered with a greater demand for a balance of work/family/personal issues. By reinvesting in technology and state of the art programs we will further expand our virtual advisory services allowing people additional leverage into their personal life. We Back Up Our Commitment to Quality We endeavor to provide the highest quality services possible. In February 2006, GROCO® successfully completed a rigorous peer review of its accounting and auditing practice. The reviewer concluded the firm complies with the stringent quality control standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national professional organization of CPAs. The peer review of GROCO® was performed by a team of licensed, independent CPAs who qualified under the program's requirements for service as a reviewer. The objective of the peer review is to determine whether a CPA firm has suitable quality control policies and procedures and is complying with them. Its unmodified report indicates GROCO® measures up to the accounting profession's high standards of quality and professionalism. Read on... We Participate in Community Advancement GROCO® is actively involved with supporting many Community Programs. Every year, our annual budget for supporting local charities can easily exceed $100,000. Local charities such as the BizWorld Foundation, Washington Hospital Foundation, Ohlone College Foundation, Fremont Education Foundation, Alameda Library Foundation, Bay Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America, the Niles Rotary Club, Citizens for Better Communities, LOV Newark, and Fremont Chamber of Commerce are examples of some benefactors to our donations. The Alan and Susan Olsen Grant Fund was established to assist hard working economically disadvantaged Bay Area Children. The Grants are issued to Children in the Bay Area attending BYU-Idaho. These students will have the opportunity to receive an education based on the "Harvard Learning Models" that President Kim Clark has developed. Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & CO. LLP has been recognized as a leader and partner with the community in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1964 and is especially proud to support programs that benefit Fremont's educational efforts. Read on... The Firm is a Member of the Following Professional Organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants The California Society of Certified Public Accountants The International Accounting Group (TIAG) National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
Square Off- AI Chess Board with Self-Moving Pieces
While in college, Aatur Mehta and Bhavya Gohil liked to play around with technology and came up with the idea to create an AI chess board that you could play on. They launched their project, Square Off, on kickstarter and I became the first lucky one in the United States to receive their product. Despite high tech aura that the game portrays as it's self moving pieces advance across the board, the the card carved wooden pieces maintains the classic feel of chess.
GROCO American Entrepreneur- Gary Robinson
GROCO American Entrepreneur- Gary Robinson is an interview between Alan Olsen CPA, MBA, managing partner of Greenstein Rogoff Olsen & Co. "GROCO" and Gary Robinson. Gary Robinson is a commercial pilot, operator of the San Martin Airport, CEO of Magnum Drywall and owner of Saddle Rack. Gary shares some of his stories and experiences on GROCO American Entrepreneur- Gary Robinson. Seo Strategy Key Words Rags to riches Boot strap Drywall San Martin Air Port Magnum Drywall Saddle Rack Commercial Pilot Pilot Flying Air plane Plane Hanger Landing an airplane Landing an airplane Fremont Entrepreneur Business owner Alan Olsen GROCO American Entrepreneur American Entrepreneur Starting your own business Entrepreneur Resources Business Company Success
Joel Peterson- The 10 Laws of Trust (Full Interview)
"Mistrustful organizations are preoccupied with keeping people from doing their worst, while high-trust organizations are focused on empowering people to do their best" – The 10 Laws of Trust
Dick Boyce Managing Partner at TPG Capital
Dick Boyce Partner at TPG Capital
Steve, the GROCO Accounting Joke Teller
Steve, the GROCO Accounting Joke Teller, fires a series of one liners. Visit what he seriously does at www.groco.com.
Attention Triggers
What captivates an audience? Listen in as Ben Parr, author of Captivology, talks about the seven attention captivation triggers and learn how you can best utilize them.
Accounting Puppets:Three blind mice audit
Accounting Jokes: This IRS Agent uses a math joke in his audit of the three blind mice. Hope you like comedy, funny and hilarious awkward moments.The three blind mice are audited by everyone's favorite joke telling GROCO accounting puppets. Hilarious accounting and audit humor! The three blind mice are sure to make you crack a smile... or make an awkward moment. Enjoy the Three blind mice audit Seo strategy key words: Three blind mice audit GROCO Accounting Puppets Puppets accounting jokes audit jokes accounting humor jokes funny video puppet skit cute mice IRS audit jokes funny jokes awkward jokes awkward moment comedy three blind mice math jokes funny numbers prune juice tape worms catheter hymenolepis nana accounting jokes
Tax Filing Tips "Step Up Cost Basis of Sold Inherited Property"
We can be reached at: 1-877-272-2006 or Groco.com. Thank you for watching Tax Filing Tips "Step Up Cost Basis of Sold Inherited Property"
Sramana Mitra- One Million By One Million
Is Silicon Valley Failing Entrepreneurs? If you’re an entrepreneur or thinking about starting a company Silicon Valley seems to be the place to be. Not only is there a large talent pool in the area, the infrastructure to build and scales companies is perhaps the best in the world. Despite the perceived friendliness of the region towards startups, 99% of entrepreneurs are not able to get funding. While some may assume that investors are simply removing the ‘would be failure entrepreneurs’ out of the scene, this couldn’t be farther from the truth; in fact, many of these companies would likely be profitable. So the question is, why would so many potentially profitable companies be rejected? “They get rejected because they don't fit the requirement of the venture capital model,” says Sramana Mitra, founder of One Million by One Million. Sramana’s company is an accelerator helping entrepreneurs succeed without financing. She says what VCs look for is “hyper fast growth and hyper large market opportunity. Very few companies fit that model.” After interviewing dozens of entrepreneurs, over the years it’s become apparent to me that successful businesses are rarely started with the sole objective to make money. Entrepreneurs identify problems and bring solutions to the table- that is their mission. Many “would be” companies certainly aren’t modeled to grow to $50 million in revenue within the first several years of operation, but that’s ok. These founders are setting out to solve problems and accomplish their dreams, not build the next Wall Street juggernaut. The question I pose is, how does the current infrastructure in the valley meet their needs? While the valley has dozens of accelerators for entrepreneurs to choose from, they don’t always have the interests of founders in mind. Why? Accelerators admit entrepreneurs into their program in exchange for an equity stake in the company. With that said, of course, they are going to groom their “portfolio” and escort them to venture capitalists where there are vast amounts of financial and human capital available. If their companies are given the green light to receive VC funding, the accelerators would see their ROI would greatly improve. Each round of funding the founders accept, relinquishes their control of the company. It’s not uncommon for the founder to be out voted or even ousted from their own company after disagreements with their board. Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, Jerry Yang was forced to step down from Yahoo, and Martin Eberhard, co-founder and previous CEO of Tesla was asked to transition out. If these entrepreneurs had maintained ownership of their company, they wouldn’t have been kicked out by investors wanting to maximize company profits. The concept that entrepreneurs need to receive financing to be labeled successful is a huge misconception. I was thrilled when I met Sramana and that she was fighting against this notion. When I sat down with her for an interview, she explained that her company, One Million By One Million, is the “first and only global virtual business accelerator”. Her mission is to help one million entrepreneurs reach one million in revenue- not push external financing or take an equity stake. Her philosophy is that many companies can be successful by bootstrapping- yes, even unicorns. While her business model is not traditional of other accelerators, it allows entrepreneurs to maintain ownership of their companies. Boot strapping off a paycheck can allow a company to be profitable from day one. She says, “our definition of success in entrepreneurship is customers, revenues and profits. Financing is optional, exit is optional, that's the philosophy of the program”
Becoming a Shoe Maker in the 21st Century
Frank Beneduci is the owner of Beneduci Shoes, a luxury shoe making store based in San Francisco CA Over the years shoe making has become a lost art in America. With the infrastructure of this craft gone today there's only a handful of people across the entire country that are familiar with the art. Frank Beneduci is one of these individuals. Brockton, Massachusetts where Frank grew up once had a thriving shoe making industry. Over the years as the US became a more globalized economy, factories began to close down across the country as a flood of cheaper shoes arrived from overseas. Frank seeing his hometown of Brockton in its dilapidated state felt deep inside that the industry needed to return. He left his career in advertising and enrolled in one of the top shoe making schools in Italy. After returning from Italy, Frank sought out all of the remaining cordwainers in the U.S. He uncovered the old machines that had laid dormant in basements and warehouses. After completing his treasure hunt for knowledge, he finally hung up his name on the door of a shop in San Franscisco- Beneduci Shoemakers.
Thoughts on Estate Management  | Jennifer Laurence
The principle reason you may want to hire a domestic profession to buy back your time. Whether you have 1or multiple professionals working for you its always smart to get some advice and training in order to make things run smoothly.
Joel Peterson- Why You Need To Empower Others & How Not To Do It
Joel Peterson gives an overview on part of his new Book, The 10 Laws of Trust, where he discusses the importance of empowering others and bringing accountability into the equation. Both are essential for building high trust organizations.
Prasad Kaipa - How To Change a Culture of an Organization
Changing the culture of an organization provides great rewards to a company however it can also be difficult to pull off. Listen as Prasad Kaipa discusses several of the ways that change can be implemented as well as several common pitfalls to watch out for.
Should I use a CPA or Tax Software
Should you use a CPA or Tax Software? This question gets asked over and over again as we move into tax season- the answer is it depends. Using a CPA isn't for everyone, but neither is software. Mainly you need to look at the complexity of your tax return and how much time and stress do you want to put yourself through. Sure software may be cheaper and faster than using a CPA but it's only as accurate as you understand the tax law. That last point you may want to consider if you're going to have a complex return and are concerned about the IRS knocking on your door. Good candidates for software are individuals that have a simple tax return- namely having income from a from only W-2 sources. If you have a more complex return or are concerned about implementing tax saving strategies for the future you may want to talk to a CPA.
The Biggest Challenge Entrepreneurs Face
One of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face is finding the path to success. Whether someone is successful or not in business is determined by the quality of people that you surround yourself with. You need to set milestone for your company to achieve, if you aren't meeting these goals you need to re-evaluate them and figure out what it's going to take to become profitable. What it all boils down to is that entrepreneurs are the sum of all their experiences (both good and bad). You need to draw on everything you know as an entrepreneur to motivate yourself because at the end of the day you need to make a decision and at the end of the day- it's that decision that will determine whether you will win or lose.
The World's First Skateboard with In-Wheel Motors
Inboard Technologies has just invented the world's first electric skateboard with in-motor wheels. They call it the M1 and are launching this 20mph rideable globally January 2017. The first time Ryan Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Inboard tried out the their in-wheel motor system, which they've called Manta Drive, he immediately knew that they'd created something that would change the world in rideable technologies. You can ride the M1 like a normal skateboard, or use Inboard's RFLEX remote to control it while you're riding. Not only does the board let you ride uphill, but it also gives you the ability to brake. Weighing in at only 14 lbs, you can easily carry the M1 around or throw it into the back of an Uber. For more information on Inboard check out their website. http://inboardtechnology.com
Silicon Valley's Bubble- What Happens When It Bursts? (Full Interview)
Is burning through Money really a sign of progress in building a startup? "I’m reminded of World War I", says Montgomery Kersten, Independent Board Member and Angel Investor. "The British were criticized for not having enough casualties in the Battle of Somme- which showed they weren’t trying hard enough. That’s the wrong approach in a startup world. Be capital efficient”
Art Appraisals
http://www.grocotaxninja.com/ Alan Olsen discusses art appraisals of inherited artwork. Here Alan Olsen covers how the IRS handles art appraisals regards to how it is is valued for tax purposes. The IRS utilizes the art advisory committee in the art appraisal process. seo strategy key words art appraisals collectibles inheritance tax art advisory committee GROCO Greenstein Rogoff Olsen and Company
More Crazy Tax Deductions
http://www.groco.com/ Here's some more crazy tax deductions I wanted to throw up there. How's this for a laugh. The best part about all of this is that the IRS let these people take the deductions. 1) A gas station owner was giving away free beer at the gas station. He was trying to entice new customers to pull in, fill up and take off with some free boos. he then tried to deduct the money he lost giving away the beer on his tax return. 2) A couple managing some rental properties decided that they didn't have enough time to drive around to visit their homes so they bought a private jet to take them around to see everything. 3) A couple owning a junk yard decided to load up on cat food. They said that they needed it to attract ferrel cats to keep the rat and snake population down. 4) A private swimming pool was installed in a backyard because the doctor instructed him to go swimming for health reasons. The pool was taken as a medical deduction only at the doctors request of course ;) 5) A man was annoyed at his neighbor so he purchased his mobile home and and had it donated to the local women's shelter. The deduction was counted as a charitable contribution 6) The owner's of a dairy farm deducted an african safari claiming that they needed to study wild cows to help aid them in the production of their income.
Mandy Barton - Step One Jump
"I was really doing this to solve a problem. Failure didn’t occur to me, success didn’t occur to me. I was focusing on a problem that needed to be solved." – Mandy Barton
The Tech Museum of Innovation | Tim Ritchie
The Tech is more than a venue to showcase innovation- it’s a tool to change the lives of the students who visit it. According to Tim Ritchie, President and CEO of The Tech, the opportunity for students to grab hold of their future is very short and “it's an unavoidable loss if we as a community don't come together with collective impact and try to help these kids achieve their potential” About Tim Ritchie: Tim Ritchie has transformed The Tech Museum of Innovation into a vital community resource that excites and engages people of all ages with programs that help them discover their own problem-solving power. Under Ritchie’s leadership, The Tech has developed new partnerships with schools, created new teacher training programs, and increased its focus on equipping girls and low-income students to engage positively with science, technology, engineering and math. As a result of this work and more, The Tech in 2015 won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor an American museum can earn. Ritchie joined The Tech in 2011 after serving as the president and CEO of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to leading science centers, he practiced law, led education programs in a large public housing community, and led an organization that creates employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, his law degree from Duke Law School and his master’s in public administration from Harvard University.
How LuLaRoe Disrupted The Fashion Retail Industry
Mark Stidham founded LuLaRoe- a clothing company along with his wife, DeAnne. Today they are disrupting the industry. Within three years, LuLaRoe has gone from a small company to a massive empire with over 24,000 clothing consultants around the world.
Steve, the GROCO Accounting Joker
Steve, the GROCO Joker, tells accounting jokes. To find out what he seriously does visit the company web site at www.groco.com
Inboard: Disrupting Urban Transportation
Inboard Technologies has just invented the world's first electric skateboard with in-motor wheels. They call it the M1 and are launching this 20mph rideable globally January 2017. The first time Ryan Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Inboard tried out the their in-wheel motor system, which they've called Manta Drive, he immediately knew that they'd created something that would change the world in rideable technologies. You can ride the M1 like a normal skateboard, or use Inboard's RFLEX remote to control it while you're riding. Not only does the board let you ride uphill, but it also gives you the ability to brake. Weighing in at only 14 lbs, you can easily carry the M1 around or throw it into the back of an Uber. For more information on Inboard check out their website. http://inboardtechnology.com ___ Our radio show airs every Wednesday evening from 6-7pm on KDOW 1220 AM. If you can't make it for the show we post them here every Tuesday. Please don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-gL-bLP0-ZI2cDfuGWbWmA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americandreamsshow/?ref=bookmarks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americandreamshow/ About American Dreams: Listen to Alan Olsen's American Dreams: Find Your Path in Life radio show. Each week expert guests will join Alan as they discuss how to make businesses thrive during challenging economic times and overcoming adversity. About Alan Olsen: Alan is managing partner at Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP, (GROCO) and is a respected leader in his field. He is also the radio show host to American Dreams. Alan's CPA firm resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves some of the most influential Venture Capitalist in the world. GROCO's core competency is advising High Net Worth individual clients in tax and financial strategies. Alan is a current member of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (S.I.E.P.R.) SIEPR’s goal is to improve long-term economic policy. In 2009 and 2010, Alan chaired the Friends of Scouting campaign which was successful in raising over $1 million for Bay Area Scouts. In January 2010, he was be award the Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts of America. In October 2008, his firm was recognized as one of the Top 25 Best Managed CPA firms in the USA by Inside Public Accounting. In March 2009, GROCO was recognized as one of the fast growing companies in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. In April 2009 GROCO was named by CPAWealth Provider as one of the Ten Best Financial Planning Firms in the USA. In May 2009, GROCO placed in the top 5 as a Best Place to Work in the SF Bay Area. Alan has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, and develops innovative financial strategies for business enterprises. http://www.groco.com/
Anson Tsui
Along with a nationwide push to eat healthier comes a new type of fast food - Spoonrocket. Spoonrocket is a company that delivers healthy, organic meals to your doorstep- for just $6.00...

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